Tainted Journalism: CNN Lets Obama Administration Alum Report on Susan Rice Story
On Monday, CNN’s Jim Sciutto dismissed Bloomberg’s scoop on Susan Rice as “largely ginned up, partly as a distraction from this larger investigation.” However, the journalist failed to mention that he has a connection to the key figure in this story, as he once worked at the State Department during the Obama administration between 2011 and 2013.
This means that Sciutto and Rice both worked for the Obama White House. During the same time period, Rice was serving as President Barack Obama‘s ambassador to the United Nations.
The journalist’s connection to Rice goes beyond the Obama administration, as RedState pointed out in a Tuesday post. Before he joined the State Department, Sciutto worked at ABC. During his time at the Big Three network, one of his colleagues was Ian Cameron, who happens to be married to Susan Rice.
CNN was seemingly unconcerned at the appearance of impropriety, as the correspondent took the lead covering the issue.
The following morning, New Day anchor Chris Cuomo led into a report from Sciutto by blasting Bloomberg’s story on Rice as “another fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media.”
The correspondent disclosed that he had “spoken to people close to Secretary Rice. It is their position that…reports that she improperly unmasked identity are, in their words, false. This appears to be an attempt to back justify [the] unfounded claim President Obama surveilled him.”
Back in August 2016, CNN President Jeffrey Zucker insisted that his network is “truly fair and balanced.” It is clear, given CNN’s failure to remove Sciutto from covering the Rice story, and Cuomo’s slanted language, that the news outlet has no real interest in “balance” in this matter.
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